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New Workshop: 5/31/17

Intro to Datura Style Class 1: Hip Mechanics

Who's ready for a new class with Rachel Brice?! This class is all about hipwork on the up: bumps, swings, taxim, and glute locks. Plus you'll get some anatomy AND history, all in one video! 

Introduction to Datura Style™ Technique Class #1: Hip Mechanics

Intro to Datura Style Class 1: Hip MechanicsIn this Introduction to Datura Style™ Technique class, Rachel will introduce you to the basics of her personal format for belly dance, prepare you for the more challenging Datura Technique Studies, and show you how to improvise in this style as a soloist or in a group. Class # 1 focuses on hipwork on the up: hip lifts, bumps, the glute lock, and taxim. Rachel will breakdown all of these movements and then you will have the chance to dance them out in a fun improvisational drill. This series was designed to be used as a resource by anyone searching to clarify and strengthen their understanding of the fundamentals of Datura Style™ belly dance.

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New Workshop: 11/02/16

Hip Up Study - Datura Style™ Technique

We are so excited to present the second of Rachel's Datura Style™ Studies: the Hip Up Study!

 Hip Up Study - Datura Style™ TechniqueHip Up Study: Datura Style™ Technique

Learning new movement takes lots of repetition, but keeping what you've earned in your body also takes frequent check ins. Datura's technique "studies" are a way to effectively practice a lot of material in a short amount of time to keep your technique clean, strong, and at your fingertips. This workshop covers all the component parts of the Hip Up study so you can learn at your own pace and review as necessary. Rachel will detail Datura Style™ fundamental hip work including hip lifts, hip bumps, swings, and more. You will learn all of these hip movements alongside essential foot patterns and arm pathways. Everything will be combined into a 10 minute Hip Up study practice to create an efficient and strong technique drill.

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New Workshop: 9/7/16

Rib Up Study with Rachel Brice

Proudly presenting the next workshop in Rachel's Datura Style Technique Series, the "Rib Up Study"!

 Rib Up Study with Rachel BriceRib Up Study: Datura Style Technique

We all know that learning new movements takes lots of repetition, but keeping what you've learned in your body also takes frequent check ins, albeit with less repetition. Datura's Technique "studies" are a way to effectively practice a lot of material in a short amount of time to keep your technique clean, strong and at your fingertips. The Rib Cage Up study is only 10 minutes long but packs a punch with all the material it contains. This workshop covers all the components of the Rib Cage Up study so you can learn at your own pace and review as necessary.

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New Workshop with Rachel Brice: 5/11/16

May 11, 2016 10:13:00 AM

New Workshop: 5/11/16

Datura Style Technique with Rachel Brice

Boom! We're over the moon to share this new workshop from Rachel Brice: "Datura Style Technique: Fundamental Positions and Combinations".

This workshop is for any dancer craving detail, clarity, and consistency for Tribal Fusion technique. The fundamentals of Datura Style technique, including specific foot, arm, and leg placement are covered with a concise practice and two combinations that can be used for improvisation or choreography.
The first of a series covering Datura Style, this class lays the foundation that you can return to again and again to support a strong and consistent razor-sharp practice. Enjoy!

Photo: Clint Marien

 

Datura Style Technique with Rachel BriceDatura Style Technique: Fundamental Positions and Combinations

This unusual workshop is actually two classes in one: A fundamentals practice and demonstration, followed by a challenging dance portion.

1) In the first half of this workshop Rachel will detail and practice Datura's fundamental placement for the arms, legs, feet, and full body for Tribal and Tribal Fusion dancers. Next you’ll learn a short sequence that integrates these fundamentals so when practiced regularly they’ll become second nature. This detailed work was created as a reference that you can return to again and again for detail about the fundamentals.

2) In the second half of the workshop, you’ll learn 2 new challenging combinations from Datura’s emerging vocabulary, Arabic Hip Twist variation and Cherry Moon, that include many of these foot and arm positions.

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New Workshop: 6/17/15

Jun 17, 2015 10:13:00 AM

New Workshop: 6/17/15

Shimmy Train: 3/4 Shimmies and Variations with Rachel Brice

In this new workshop with Rachel Brice, you'll learn all about the 3/4 shimmy with 5 variations, drills and arm and foot patterns. With this workshop you'll get to dig deep and get those 3/4 shimmies looking beautiful!

 

Shimmy Train: 3/4 Shimmies and Variations with Rachel BriceShimmy Train: 3/4 Shimmies and Variations

Learn, clarify or refine your physical understanding of several variations of the 3/4 shimmy and their different musical timing. Rachel starts from the beginning, with a clear lesson and practice for 3/4 work on the up and on the down, and then teaches variations for each. You'll finish with a technique combination (with some challenging choo choo shimmies thrown in) that includes all the variations and some complimentary arm movements.

 

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New Class: 2/18/15

Feb 18, 2015 10:13:00 AM

New Class: 2/18/15

Waves Yoga Practice with Rachel Brice

How about a yoga practice with Rachel Brice filmed in Costa Rica!? http://daturaonline.com/waves-yoga-practice

We're happy to present our first "on location" class: "Waves Yoga Practice" with Rachel Brice. This short practice was made to support belly dance movements with spinal extension (undulations, backbends, body waves) or as a great general yoga practice. Enjoy!

 

Waves Yoga Practice with Rachel BriceWaves Yoga Practice

This short yoga practice was created to increase flexibility and strength in the muscles that flex and extend the spine. Use before a class that includes any kind of spinal extension (backbends, body waves, and undulations), or in-between belly dance days to create a stable base for challenging movement. A relaxing and simple class for all levels.

Filmed in Nosara, Costa Rica at the annual Heart of Belly Dance Retreat.

 

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New Workshop: 10/24/14

Oct 24, 2014 10:13:00 AM

New Workshop: 10/24/14

Zil-ionaire 2: Challenging Finger Cymbals + Combinations

Proudly presenting the newest online class with Rachel Brice: "Zil-ionaire #2: Challenging Finger Cymbals + Combinations"!

Strap on your finger cymbals, warn the neighbors, and get ready to boost your zil technique up to the next level in this workshop where you will learn new patterns and pair them with fun dance combinations.

 

Zil-lionaire 2 with Rachel BriceZil-ionaire 2: Challenging Finger Cymbal Patterns + Combinations

This is class two in a multi-class series on finger cymbals. We'll combine many of the patterns we learned in "Zil-ionaire : An Introduction to Finger Cymbal Technique", learn some new patterns, and combine them into two combinations, the Arabic Fakeout and the Compton Shuffle. The finger cymbal patterns covered in this workshop are: "3-7-3", "7s", and alternating singles, with a review of "3-5-5".

 

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New Workshop: 4/19/14

Apr 18, 2014 10:13:00 AM

New Workshop: 4/19/14

Zil-ionaire: Introduction to Finger Cymbal Technique

You asked for it and here it is: "ZIL-IONAIRE", Rachel Brice's introduction to finger cymbals. Packed with detailed break-downs, drills, basic patterns, and dance phrases with zil patterns, this workshop is worth its weight in gold.

 

Introduction to Finger Cymbal Technique by Rachel BriceZil-ionaire: An Introduction to Finger Cymbal Technique

This comprehensive finger cymbal workshop will start at the very beginning with four fundamental patterns, and will get you moving with your finger cymbals right away. You'll learn about the building blocks of pattern construction, and we'll dance each pattern with a simple belly dance phrase, so you'll be playing and dancing in your first session.

 

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New Choreography Workshop: 11/21/13

Nov 21, 2013 10:13:00 AM

New Workshop: 11/21/13

Radioglue: Original Choreogrpahy by Rachel Brice

We're over the moon to release this original choreography workshop from Rachel Brice, Radioglue: http://daturaonline.com/radioglue-choreography

It features laybacks, spins, level changes, and backbends all to a great Turkish song, Kadıoğlu Zeybeği by Okay Temiz. This workshop also features a performance video of the choreography. If you are newer to the movements in this dance, you may want to check out Rachel's technique workshop: Laybacks, Drops, Zippers and Floorwork.

 

Radio Glue by Rachel BriceRadioglue: An Original Choreography

This challenging choreography is built for a soloist or any size group, would make a great opener or closer for a longer set, or could stand on its own as a single piece in a larger show. It demands a lot of strength and flexibility, and includes laybacks, drops, zippers, torso rotations, level changes, some layering and a lot of hipwork. This is a contemporary take on a style of music that is usually reserved for a traditional Turkish man's dance.

 

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Sneak Preview

Oct 8, 2013 10:03:00 AM

Sneak Peek: Original Choreograpy by Rachel Brice

Coming very soon, an original choreograhy by Rachel Brice: "Radioglue". Here's a quick peek...


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We Have A Winner!

Oct 2, 2012 1:53:05 PM

We're excited to announce the winner of the "Free Private Skype Lesson with Rachel Brice" contest. Congratulations to subscriber, Linda O. of Massachusetts! You and RB have a video date!

To celebrate our winner, Rachel would like to share one of her most influencial dance videos (blast from the past):

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New Classes: 9/21/12

Sep 21, 2012 12:13:00 PM

New Classes: 9/21/12

Two new classes from Rachel Brice to keep your technique sharp, your dance ooey-gooey, and work up a little sweat!

 

Pinball Scale with Rachel BricePinball Scale with Rachel Brice

Rachel breaks down this favorite phrase and then drills the heck out of the little slink. The Pinball scale combines undulations, rib cage circles, maya, side to side undulations, a simple lock pattern, and a more complex isolation pattern. These phrases can be used for improvisation or choreography, as well as being strong technique drills. This is the sister video to the new 'Daily Dose Pinball #1".

 

 

Daily Dose 3 Pinball with Rachel BriceDaily Dose: Pinball #1 with Rachel Brice

Get your daily dose! These concise belly dance practices include what you need to keep your technique strong when you’re short on time: yoga, conditioning, technique drills, a short belly dance phrase called Pinball, and a cool down. Pinball #1 offers a stronger yoga practice and focus on leg strengthening and level changes.

 

 

 

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New Classes: 9/12/12

Sep 12, 2012 12:13:00 PM

New Classes: 9/12/12

This week we continue to keep your heart rate up with a few new classes!

 

Cute Cardio Combo B with AshleyCute Cardio Combo "B" with Ashley

The second class from Ashley Lopez's  conditioning "mini-series". It is designed to get the dancer moving & sweating with a few combinations that contain a variety of belly dance moves fused with steps from other styles of dance, including hula and jazz. Combo "B" works with cross over turns, level changes, and traveling hip movements for an energetic and fun workout. This video also features a short Pilates-based warm up and cool down.

 

 

Up Tempo Locks and Isolations Combo with Rachel BriceUp Tempo Locks and Isolations Combination with Rachel

This combination is from Rachel's full class. It's just the combination without the warm up or cool down, presented here for those who are short on time or want to sequence it with other classes of your choice. The combination includes a simple isolation pattern, hip work, a traveling step, and a slightly theatrical ending. It was created to be used over and over for several months: it begins simply and increases tempo three times so you can work at your current speed. It's suggested that you warm up a bit before trying this combination.

 

 

 

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Datura Online is One Month Old!

To celebrate our first month of streaming online belly dance classes across the globe, Datura Online is having a contest. Yay!

Win a Private Lesson with Rachel Brice

At the end of September, we're going to pick one of our subscribers at random for an entirely-free 90 minute Skype video private lesson with Rachel Brice beamed directly to you from the Datura HQ in Portland*(Rachel does not offer private skype lessons so this is a rare opportunity.)

If you have an active subscription in September, you don't need to do anything for this contest. Just stay tuned - we'll contact the winner by email and also post about it on the blog. If you want a chance to win, subscribe anytime in September and we'll put your name in the drawing.

We wish you all good luck!

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New Classes: 8/29/12

Aug 29, 2012 12:13:00 PM

New Classes: 8/29/12

This week we're happy to add new classes that run the spectrum from basic belly dance to fitness belly dance fusion to yoga.

 

Cute Cardio Combo A with AshleyCute Cardio Combo "A" with Ashley

This class is the first of a "mini-series" from our resident fitness / belly dance ninja, Ashley Lopez. It is designed to get the dancer moving & sweating with a few combinations that contain a variety of belly dance moves fused with steps from other styles of dance, including hula and jazz. Combo "A" works with basic belly dance moves, travelling steps, and some arm movements for a energetic and fun workout. This video also features a short Pilates-based warm up and cool down.

 

 

Belly Dance Basics with SedonaBelly Dance Basics: Figure 8's and Traveling Hip Lifts

We're excited about the second, most recent, basics of belly dance class from Sedona Soulfire. This class serves as a wonderful intro into the beautiful art of Belly Dance. Sedona details some of the most fundamental movements in a Belly Dance repertoire including various styles of hip figure 8’s as well as many gorgeous traveling movements. Each movement will be broken down, drilled and then put together in a drill style combination. It's always a good time for the basics!

 

 

 

Basic Yoga Sequence with Rachel BriceBasic Yoga Sequence with Rachel Brice

Another great reason to do yoga as part of your practice or just because it feels great. This short but effective yoga practice relaxes the deep and superficial muscles on either side of the spine, and supports and hips and low back. It can be used before or after y...

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